Maytree News Headlines – December 20, 2010

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY

Cities of Migration targets leadership and diversity (Institute for Cultural Diversity)
How does migration help cities grow, prosper, gain a competitive edge and 21st century smarts? Opinion @Cities of Migration,is a new series of “Big Ideas” from international opinion leaders that can help us understand the issues and accelerate integration success. Lord Bhikhu Parekh,esteemed emeritus professor at the University of Hull and a fellow of the British Academy shares his opinion on Local Identities in a Multi-Ethnic World.
http://www.culturaldiversity.net.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=817:cities-of-migration-targets-leadership-and-diversity&catid=7:research-news&Itemid=56

Listen Up! Making a Business Case for Diversity (Cities of Migration)
The transformation team strategy really took off when it moved inside the broadcasting organization to look at CBC hiring and recruitment practices. In 2001, the CBC Toronto team had a 2% diversity rate. Today, CBC Toronto, locally, is 25-percent diverse. CBC Toronto is an industry leader in Canada. It is recognized internationally for its success in addressing diversity issues across the country and the institutional spectrum.
http://citiesofmigration.ca/listen-up-the-business-case-for-diversity/lang/en/

Christmas Eve tragedy prompts questions about Canada’s immigrant dream (Globe and Mail)
For hundreds of years, the immigrant dream has always been: come to Canada, work hard and eventually establish a decent life for your family, and especially your children. But over the past 30 years, newcomers have found it more and more difficult to make ends meet. Poverty among immigrants is rising sharply. Employment is precarious. More recently, the numbers of undocumented and underground workers seem to be growing.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/christmas-eve-tragedy-prompts-questions-about-canadas-immigrant-dream/article1844124/

Is racism behind immigrants’ earnings shortfall? (Hamilton Spectator)
As analysts dissect the data to figure out why newcomers to Canada these days are having a much harder time than previous generations of immigrants, they’re bumping up against an uncomfortable answer. Discrimination, they say reluctantly, can’t be completely ruled out.
http://www.thespec.com/news/canada/article/303361–is-racism-behind-immigrants-earnings-shortfall

REFUGEES

Seeking Refuge (Vancouver Sun)
This is a seven-part series looking at some of our recently arrived refugee families and how they are settling into Greater Vancouver. An inside look at Welcome House, the initial Vancouver home for many refugees in B.C.
http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/thesearch/archive/2010/12/18/seeking-refuge-seven-part-series-on-refugees.aspx

Seeking Refuge 1: Finding security in Metro Vancouver enclaves (Vancouver Sun)
These are the kinds of refugees who later tell Friesen they associate the smell of Sunlight detergent, with its cheery sun logo, with safety. Even though many go on to survive on meagre incomes in Canada, most will never buy another brand of detergent in this country. The walls of Welcome House contain the stories of almost 30,000 refugees, all those who have placed their heads on pillows in the building since 1986.
http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/thesearch/archive/2010/12/18/seeking-refuge-1-finding-security-in-metro-vancouver-enclaves.aspx

Seeking Refuge 2: Afghan refugee tries for family life in Burnaby-Edmonds (Vancouver Sun)
Most of those exiled Afghans, the largest cohort of refugees the globe has ever seen, have fled to Iran, Pakistan, Russia and India. But 730 came to Metro Vancouver between 2005 and 2009, making ethnic Afghans the second largest recent refugee group in the city, accounting for 18 per cent of the total. (The largest group is those fleeing the Myanmar military dictatorship, who account for about 20 per cent.)
Afghans have come at the invitation of the Canadian government, which is taking responsibility for some of those whose lives have been shattered by a war in which Canadian, American and other western soldiers are fighting.
http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/thesearch/archive/2010/12/20/seeking-refuge-2-afghan-refugee-tries-for-family-life-in-burnaby-edmonds.aspx

Government of Canada to facilitate the immigration of up to 1,000 Tibetan refugees living in Arunachal Pradesh in India (CIC)
The Government of Canada intends to facilitate the immigration of up to 1,000 Tibetan refugees living in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India over a five-year period.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2010/2010-12-18.asp

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

What role can religion realistically play in the eradication of poverty? (Ottawa Citizen)
On the congregational level, religious leaders are uniquely positioned to make the assault on poverty a sermonic and programmatic priority. They can, and should, urge all the “haves” in the congregation to help the “have-nots,” by emphasizing the blessing of plenty is only a blessing if the plenty is used in a constructive manner to help others less fortunate. Then, as congregations, each leader can set up community outreach to the poor in effective ways, such as collecting for the food bank, and having community lunches for the poor.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/What+role+religion+realistically+play+eradication+poverty/4000343/story.html

Poverty: ending the cycle (Montreal Gazette)
A 36-year study by Concordia University looks at the cycle of poverty through three generations of Montrealers.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Poverty+ending+cycle/3997070/story.html

A recipe for greater equality (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
The always insightful Alex Himelfarb asks in his latest must-read blog: “What would you think if someone could show that they knew just what it would take to improve our physical and mental health, reduce crime and violence, increase civic trust and participation, reduce teenage pregnancy and drug abuse? What if they could show you that this was also the recipe for greater upward mobility based on merit – and even for enhanced productivity and sustainability?”
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/recipe-greater-equality
http://afhimelfarb.wordpress.com/2010/12/15/equality/

CITY OF TORONTO / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

‘There are choices’: Regent Park residents on the city and their new neighbourhood (National Post)
Like the violence, the revitalization process keeps churning, with new businesses opening and mixed-income housing already ushering new tenants in. A group of Regent Park residents who have recently found work through Employment Services decided to explain their neighbourhood in their own words.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/12/18/there-are-choices-regent-park-residents-on-the-city-and-their-new-neighbourhood

DIVERSECITY VOICES

From Men to Fathers (Sway Magazine)
“When you work in social work, as an activist or a father advocate, oftentimes you’re speaking to the converted,” says DALTON HIGGINS. “My work with Fatherhood 4.0 and offline with the MTAH barbershop project is to tap into that reservoir of Black men and men of colour who are wanting to become better fathers, and not tiptoe around the hard issues but to face them head on.”
http://swaymag.ca/2010/12/from-men-to-fathers/

Toronto politicians call for apology from Maclean’s magazine (Digital Journal)
At the press conference in Toronto on Wednesday, KAREN SUN said, “It doesn’t cost the city anything to support this kind of motion to reaffirm its commitment to diversity and inclusion but I do think it will tarnish the city’s reputation if this motion doesn’t pass, as a city that uses ‘Diversity our Strength’ as its motto…I think there is a cost to not supporting this.”
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/301468

Toronto “tarnished” if it doesn’t rebuke Maclean’s, group says (Toronto Star)
“It doesn’t cost the city anything to support this kind of motion to reaffirm its commitment to diversity and inclusion but I do think it will tarnish the city’s reputation if this motion doesn’t pass, as a city that uses ‘Diversity our Strength’ as its motto,” KAREN SUN said.
http://www.thestar.com/article/907413–toronto-tarnished-if-it-doesn-t-rebuke-maclean-s-group-says

How to Engage Your Employees on Sustainability (Sustainable Business Forum)
DEREK WONG writes on how volunteering and community engagement on green and sustainability initiatives can transform both employees and organizations.
http://sustainablebusinessforum.com/derekwong/48695/engaging-employees-sustainability-can-pay-big-dividends

Immigration in Canada: A smaller welcome mat (The Economist)
AKLILU WENDAFEREW, who works with the homeless and Ethiopian immigrants in Toronto, says the familiarity that comes from living and working with immigrants daily counteracts fears of foreigners, and that employers are not reluctant to hire them.
http://www.economist.com/node/17733061?story_id=17733061

OTHER SOCIAL COMMENTARY

Craigslist removes ‘erotic services’ (The Province)
Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson yesterday thanked Craigslist for its apparent decision to remove the “erotic services” category from its Canadian websites… Benjamin Perrin, a law professor at the University of British Columbia who lobbied against Craigslist’s sex ads, said he was “relieved” the erotic services section has been removed.
http://www2.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=55dbafac-9340-4cd8-96dc-3b37b459e76c

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